T.L.L. Temple Foundation Grant

T.L.L. Temple Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000,000

Next anticipated deadline: May 18, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 10, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program, Capital Project, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Miller County, Arkansas, Counties in Texas: Anderson County, Angelina County, Bowie County, Cass County Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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T.L.L. Temple Foundation

The T.L.L. Temple Foundation works alongside families and communities to build a thriving Deep East Texas and to alleviate poverty, creating access and opportunities for all.

Focus Areas

In support of its mission to build a thriving Deep East Texas and to alleviate poverty, the foundation makes grants in the areas of education, economic development and community revitalization, health, human services, arts and culture, and conservation and the environment. Central to the foundation’s work is the aim of breaking the cycle of poverty, and the foundation prioritizes support for residents and communities that most lack access to opportunities they need to succeed.


Our goal is simple: to improve the health of residents of Deep East Texas. The barriers of poverty, geographic isolation, and a lack of access to health care services make it particularly difficult for many residents in our region to improve and maintain their health. Yet poor health status often limits residents’ ability to get a high quality education, hold down a sustaining job, and stay out of poverty.

The T.L.L. Temple Foundation has played an instrumental role in making sure that residents have access to health care when they need it--at home and in major centers of expertise. We remain committed to ensuring that all residents of Deep East Texas—particularly the under served and uninsured—have access to quality health care services. Recognizing that health is influenced by environmental and social circumstances as well as the care people receive, we also support efforts in prevention and wellness designed to reduce the need for health care services.


Education has always been a top priority for the T.L.L. Temple Foundation because it is the most effective tool to break the cycle of poverty and build a thriving region. Addressing the region’s low rates of educational attainment—particularly for low-income students—is critical to improving outcomes in poverty, health and economic development. We aim to increase access to high quality educational opportunities for residents in Deep East Texas. We invest in programs that measurably improve education outcomes in the region, including: early childhood education, out-of-school-time programs, and programs dedicated to increasing postsecondary preparation, access and success. We also support efforts to ensure that Deep East Texans have the skills needed to obtain and retain high quality jobs.

Economic Development and Community Revitalization

We aim to improve economic opportunities and help develop and sustain thriving communities in the most economically challenged places in our service area. Vibrant communities and a robust regional economy are central to creating and sustaining a thriving Deep East Texas. We invest in efforts to transform disinvested communities into places with economic opportunities and equitable access to the essential community resources needed to help families thrive. Impact Lufkin, a foundation-initiated program, is an example of the foundation’s approach to holistic, resident-engaged community revitalization. Because engaged citizens are central to fostering strong communities, we also fund programs to increase civic participation. Finally, we invest in programs that strengthen the regional economy and improve economic opportunities for residents of Deep East Texas.

Human Services

The foundation works to ensure the most vulnerable residents in our service region have their basic needs met. By helping provide access to food, shelter, social services and other programs, we strive to make sure that there is a strong safety net to support the region’s low-income and vulnerable residents.

Arts and Culture

Arts and culture are critical for healthy communities and a thriving region. The foundation has long supported efforts to celebrate the region’s cultural heritage and document its important history. We will continue to help enrich the lives of Deep East Texans by investing in programs that provide access to artistic and cultural experiences.

Conservation and the Environment

Beginning with the first timber harvested in the second half of the nineteenth century, the Temple family has had a special bond with the forests, wetlands, and open spaces across our region. We believe that the health of our natural environment is closely connected to the health of our residents, our communities, and our region and so seek to protect our important natural resources.

The primary emphasis of the foundation’s conservation and environmental efforts is the Boggy Slough Conservation Area, a Temple Foundation-managed program. The aim of the Boggy Slough Conservation Area is to

  • serve as a model for conservation and land management;
  • serve as a catalyst for creating a stewardship ethic and connection to nature in our communities; and
  • bridge critical research gaps regarding the forest and bottomland ecosystems of the Neches River basin and the Southeast.

Type of Support

The foundation awards funding for multiple purposes, including: general operating support, project support, capital improvements, and organizational development and capacity building.

Size and Duration of Grants

The size and duration of grants is matched to the applicant’s scale of impact, need, capabilities and opportunities, and typically follow these guidelines:

  • We provide one-year funding for initial grants
  • We rarely make grants that exceed 30% of a project or organizational budget

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  • The foundation makes grants to benefit residents of the 24 counties outlined in our governing documents, the Primary Geographic Area of Interest (PGAI), regardless of where the grantee organization is headquartered. 
    • Under the terms of its governing documents, the PGAI is the following Texas Counties: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Cass, Cherokee, Hardin, Harris, Houston, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Nacogdoches, Newton, Orange, Panola, Polk, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler and Miller County, Arkansas.


  • Except in rare cases, the foundation will not support capital projects nor capital campaigns in Houston.

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